Group of thieves hit a Home Depot in California and stole tools including crowbars and sledgehammers in latest armed robbery, authorities say | Breaking News Updates

Group of thieves hit a Home Depot in California and stole tools including crowbars and sledgehammers in latest armed robbery, authorities say

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  • A Home Depot in California was broken into Friday night, authorities said.

  • The suspects entered the store and stole hundreds of tools before fleeing.

  • “They had the masses ready to hit people who were trying to stop them,” an employee told KTLA.

Authorities in California are looking for a group of suspects who ransacked a Home Depot on Friday night, in one of the state’s latest armed robberies.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, just after 7:30 p.m., the group entered the Lakewood facility and stole about $ 400 of tools, including hammers and crowbars.

The suspects then fled in a red Mercedes Benz “with serious damage to the front of the vehicle,” police said.

As KTLA reported, an employee said he saw at least 18 suspects in the store.

“They had the masses ready to hit the people who were trying to stop them,” Luis Romo told the outlet.

A wave of smash-and-grabs has increased with several reports coming in from California throughout the holiday season. Over the past weekend, various luxury stores, cannabis dispensaries and drugstores were hit by a group of thieves in the Bay Area.

The criminal follies have also occurred in other states. In Chicago, a group of 14 suspects stole about $ 120,000 in merchandise from a Louis Vuitton store last week. Surveillance video shows thieves rushing into the store and cleaning it up within minutes. Other retailers in the city’s Wicker Park neighborhood were targeted during Black Friday. North Face, Footlocker, and Boost Mobile were all affected within an hour.

A crime expert previously told Insider that videos of the incidents on TV could potentially inspire copycats.

“The most powerful images are from these videos,” said Scott Decker of Arizona State University. . “Maybe it’s someone who’s a delinquent who… sees it on TV and says, ‘Hey, the cops in my town aren’t that fancy,’ or ‘We could get away with one so we just go real quick and get out quick. ‘”

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